Tag: racism

Reflecting on the "Dream," 50 years later

Reflecting on the "Dream," 50 years later
Over the past several days, thousands of Americans traveled to Washington, D.C., to recall and relive the historic Aug. 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Ordinary Americans of all ages and races stood at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial this afternoon, listening to speaker after speaker pay homage to Dr. Martin... Read more »

Post verdict: Marching for Trayvon Martin, slamming criminal justice system

After three weeks of highly sensationalized television coverage and two days of deliberation by a jury with only one person of color, the trial of George Zimmerman, charged in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin came to a close on Saturday night. The verdict: not guilty.  Less than two hours after the verdict was announced,... Read more »

Barber Shop Show: Chicago media legend Merri Dee on surviving gun violence

Merri Dee has overcome abuse, a gunshot to the head, and a bevy of racism and sexism in media to become a Chicago broadcast legend and a philanthropist. She calls her life both tragic – and full of miracles. Dee has a memoir out – Merri Dee, Life Lessons on Faith, Forgiveness and Grace –... Read more »

Domestic workers bill of rights seeks to regulate “wild west” of labor rights abuses

Domestic workers bill of rights seeks to regulate “wild west” of labor rights abuses
Nannies, home-care workers and other domestic workers have long fallen between the cracks of employment law. Eric Rodriguez, executive director of the Latino Union, a workers’ center helping low-wage earners, compared it to the “wild west”–so few labor protections that minimum-wage and overtime violations run rampant in the industry. With a pending Domestic Workers’ Bill... Read more »

Was it racism? Our top 10 head-scratchers of 2012

Right after televising Gabby Douglas' gold medal victory in the summer Olympics, NBC aired a commercial featuring <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFBHjgpIq7I">a monkey gymnast taking gold on the rings.</a> The <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2183284/Gabby-Douglas-NBC-forced-apologise-ad-features-monkey-doing-gymnastics-right-AFTER-victory.html">network later apologized</a>, citing poor timing and explaining, "No offense was intended."
Every year, we at The Chicago Reporter compile a list of stories we call “head scratchers.” Those incidents that make you scratch your head and think:  “How, in this day and age, can this happen?” It’s probably no surprise that the presidential election makes several appearances in this year’s top 10 list, as well as... Read more »

The real nanny diaries: Domestic workers struggle with no minimum wage and poor working conditions

The real nanny diaries: Domestic workers struggle with no minimum wage and poor working conditions
No minimum wage, no overtime pay and working ’round the clock? It may sound illegal, but it’s perfectly legit when it comes to domestic workers. Nannies, housekeepers and caregivers don’t enjoy the basic labor rights the rest of us have, and a new report shows just how much they’re suffering because of it. The average... Read more »

America, are we post-racial or even more racial?

A California Republican official sent this image in an email in 2011 to some members of the Orange County Republican Central Committee. The image created a firestorm, went viral and eventually the official apologized and asked for forgiveness.
Four years ago, the historic election of President Barack Obama moved the nation to ponder: Are we now a post-racial America? And no matter how people responded to that question, most Americans seemed to acknowledge the election of our first black president symbolized, at the least, that our nation has moved some distance beyond the... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Chicago Teachers Union issues strike date; racism at the Republic National Convention; Standard and Poor's downgrades Illinois

The Chicago Teachers Union issued a strike date late Thursday evening – the union will begin its strike on Sept. 10.  The announcement comes after a summer of brewing tensions between the CTU and Chicago Public School officials. CPS has prepared a $25 million fund to keep services open for students if teachers walk out.... Read more »

Barber Shop Preview: Segregation is bad for your health

When I first saw this chart, it took me a bit to figure out what it was about because the red line on the far right is so long. Take a look for yourself: That’s from Steve Bogira’s latest at the Chicago Reader on the effects of segregation on the health and life expectancy of... Read more »

Religious tolerance, freedom promoted at Sikh candlelight vigil: Photos

Members of the Palatine Sikh community attended a special service at the Palatine Gurdwara for the victims of the Wisconsin shooting and the whole Sikh community. Photo by William Camargo.
As hundreds flooded into the Palatine Sikh Gurdwara, or temple, Monday night, all being required to remove their shoes and cover their heads, those of other faiths were identifiable by one thing: the educational pamphlets they had picked up on their way in. Interfaith religious tolerance was a message returned to again and again Monday... Read more »